To continue its commitment to sustainability, Apple will “phase out” popular leather cases for iPhone and straps for Apple Watch. Instead, the tech giant is introducing a new material called FineWoven, signaling a significant shift toward greater sustainability.
Goodbye leather and hello FineWoven
Apple used leather for iPhone cases back in 2013 with the release of the iPhone 5S and for watch bands , starting with the first generation Apple Watch. However, at today's Wonderlust event, the company said it will be phasing out the use of this material to continue its goal of becoming completely carbon neutral by 2030.
New Apple Watch bands FineWoven is made from 68 percent recycled material and comes in three magnetic options, as well as four Hermès straps with modern buckles.
As someone who currently wears an iPhone 14 Pro leather case , which is already falling apart. at the seams I'm glad to see a switch. But how will FineWoven hold up over time? That's something we'll have to wait and see.
Stay tuned for more updates: FineWoven accessories are coming to the Apple Store.
Hermès straps are made of FineWoven material instead of leather.